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September 25–26, 2017: Training
September 26–28, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

How to build a digital twin

Lloyd Palum (Vnomics)
4:35pm5:15pm Thursday, September 28, 2017
Secondary topics:  IoT
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Engineers and technical managers responsible for implementing industrial IoT applications

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Basic knowledge of data science and machine learning workflows
  • Familiarity with Python, NumPy, pandas, and TensorFlow

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to build a digital twin model that tracks and reports fuel efficiency performance of specific commercial tractor trailers using Python and TensorFlow


Fuel is the number one expense for a trucking company outside of the truck’s driver. The commercial trucking industry in the United States spends more than $140B a year on fuel, so saving even $1 of fuel goes right to the bottom line. In an industry with razor-sharp margins, this can mean the difference between a red and a black income statement.

A digital twin models a real-world physical asset using mobile data, cloud computing, and machine learning to track chosen characteristics. The goal of digital twin modeling is to improve visibility and control to optimize performance. Lloyd Palum walks you through building a digital twin that tracks and reports fuel efficiency performance of specific commercial tractor trailers using Python and TensorFlow. You can then use the example model to track and optimize performance.

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Lloyd Palum is the CTO of Vnomics, where he directs the company’s technology development associated with optimizing fuel economy in commercial trucking. Lloyd has more than 25 years of experience in both commercial and government electronics, has published a number of technical articles, and speaks frequently at industry conferences. He holds five patents in the field of software and wireless communications. Lloyd earned his MSEE from Boston University and BSEE from the University of Rochester.

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Lloyd Palum | CTO
08/14/2017 5:46am EDT

I am looking forward to the presentation in Sept. We will be going into the implementation of the Digital Twin that we discussed at a high level at Strata Data San Jose in March. Here are the links to the video and slides as background:

See ya in the Big Apple!